On Entertianment Tonight, Season 13 champ J.R. Martinez makes some predictions for the Dancing With The Stars All Stars season. He says Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson are going to be “sick”. He also thinks Apolo Ono is going to be good and same with Gilles Marini. He likes Sabrina Bryan, but, he’s going with Helio Castroneves or Shawn Johnson to win it. Apolo and Karina will be third cut. Below is more. See if you don’t agree with him? It’s great to see him again too. Stay tuned J.R. fans! He’ll be running in the New York City Marathon on November 4
Sweet! I’m loving the new promos ABC has released for the Dancing With The Stars All Star season far. And now they’ve released new promos for Tony & Melissa, Val and Kelly, Bristol and Mark, Cheryl and Emmitt, Drew and Anna, Apolo and Karina, and Chelsie and Helio. You can view what they’ve released at Dancing With The Stars Facebook here. They may add more, so keep checking back.
Bruno Tonioli has written a new autobiography called “Bruno: My Story”. In the book, Bruno writes all about his life, career, and doing both Dancing With The Stars shows in the UK and the US. Doing some promo work for the book, below is a take from a new interview with The Sun on how Bruno started dancing.
“When it came to the stylish and graceful art of ballroom dancing, my dad was a king of the clubs, a prowling tiger and a wonderfully natural mover,” Bruno recalls.
“He was besotted with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. On a Saturday night he would take my mother dancing and when I was older I would accompany them, watching as they glided around the floor.
“Later, as I learned to dance myself, I’d stand on my mother’s feet as she taught me the steps that made up the jive and the cha cha cha.”
You can read lots more at The Sun including Bruno’s thoughts on what Los Angeles is like and trying drugs once. There are some fantastic shots of him too from his youth. Great interview!
The Daily Mail has a feature up on some of the stars of Dancing With The Stars arriving to rehearsals and taking a break. Here are just a few pictures today of Kelly Monaco and Kym Johnson (gorgeous as always) in Los Angeles and Cheryl Burke in Dallas (I don’t know why, and not that I have issues with it, but, I’m shocked to see her smoking). You can see more pics at the link. I Need My fix has some as well of some of the other celebs. Be sure to see lots of fun takes of Derek and Shawn at Pure Derek Hough as well as Miss Heidi delivers.
ABCMedia Net has posted an official release that mentions the date and time of the show. They’ve also released some new information on “voting”. Note how fans will be able to vote at the official Dancing With The Stars Facebook account with a custom Facebook app. With the custom app, fans will be able to watch the Dancing With The Stars After Party and more as well. Details below and at the link. Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for the heads up.
Also new this year, in addition to voting online at ABC.com, fans can now vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars. A custom Facebook app sponsored by AT&T will let fans vote, share whom they voted for and why, as well as see whom friends voted for. They can also access the “After Party: Dancing with the Stars” live stream, the “DWTS” Social Buzz page and the AT&T Spotlight Performance and Casting Call from the app.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” premieres MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) followed by the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba all return with the following celebrity contestants: Kirstie Alley, Pamela Anderson, Sabrina Bryan, Helio Castroneves, Joey Fatone, Shawn Johnson, Drew Lachey, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Apolo Anton Ohno, Bristol Palin, Melissa Rycroft and Emmitt Smith.
13 more days, Everyone!
Dancing With The Stars judge Bruno Tonioli took a wonderful time out in the off season to take a Taormina holiday in Sicily. He writes all about it at the Daily Mail. While on holiday, he also ran into the Andrea Wong, the lady responsible for the US version of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a little snippet, but, be sure to see the link for more of his vacation in detail. Breathtaking pictures there too and now I’d like to visit there!
I passed on the various excursions and did what I normally do on holiday: I stuck to the beach and the restaurant and spent my time reading books – I really enjoyed the new Edith Piaf biography.
Perhaps the book I should have taken was D. H . Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which he wrote while living in Taormina. Apparently the character of Constance – who has a passionate relationship with the gardener Mellors – was based on an Englishwoman living at Taormina at the time.
But I didn’t spend the whole time quietly reading. I bumped into Andrea Wong, the lady who turned Strictly Come Dancing into Dancing With The Stars for US television.
I hadn’t seen her for two years and then suddenly I turned around and she was behind me, on the beach. We were screaming! We had a very nice lunch, talking over some of our good times.
Sicily is really one of my favourite places. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy it all over again.
Since they just aired season 5 on GSN, I figured I would do a little numbers retrospective – particularly because of the supposed “shocking” elimination of Sabrina and the horribly prolonged run of Marie Osmond.
I have to say, after watching Sabrina dance again, I have to agree with Len and Bruno when they commented on how she danced her foxtrot “too hard” – it was way too hard and she did miss a couple steps. Combine that with the talent and/or name recognition of her competitors, then is it really a surprise? Perhaps so, since Jane had been in the bottom two the week before. But everyone but perhaps Helio and Mel B was much better known with the DWTS demographic than Sabrina was – and Mel B was a better dancer and Helio was a huge and charming personality. Anyway, at the end of the night, week 6, the scores looked like this:
The Judges Scores and Percentages
Now, what these scores mean should be somewhat obvious to longtime readers of this series – Sabrina was not at the bottom of the leader board and, in fact, had a pretty decent lead on Marie and Jane and was tied with Cameron. In order for Sabrina to be eliminated, the following had to happen:
- She didn’t cover the spread of the dancers above her, AND;
- Cameron got ONE more vote per million votes cast than her, AND:
- Marie got 11,150 more votes per million votes cast than she did, AND;
- Jane got 16,700 more votes per million votes cast than she did.
Now, conventional wisdom has always said that Sabrina fans got over confident or were sure she was safe. But look at those numbers. That’s a good bit of overconfident and I’m not sure I believe it any longer. Marie’s faint was the week before, but there is no reason that Jane should go from a bottom two situation the week before to being safe at Sabrina’s expense the very next week. She made up a pretty big deficit. I’m inclined to believe that, like other lesser knowns before her, Sabrina didn’t have the fanbase that many believed. And we all know by now that great dancing isn’t always enough. And in case you still don’t agree – Sabrina was the high scorer in 3 of the 5 previous weeks. The two weeks she wasn’t the high score, she was in second place. The instant she falls out of the top 2, she’s eliminated. Coincidence?? Read more..
Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Anne Inaba was back to co-host LIVE! With Kelly again today. Carrie Anne and Kelly come out dancing. They talk about bikinis and their origin. Then they talk about fellow Dancing With The Stars judges Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Len is tall while Bruno is short. What’s more (and we’ve heard this before), Bruno likes to hang out in his underwear before every show. At one point, Carrie Anne also mentions Maks Chmerkovskiy and how she and him fight whenever she wears “red” (WHA??). Carrie Anne says she and Maks don’t always get along because they are both “Capricorn” and compassionate about what they do (well, there is more to it than that, but, ok). Lot’s more fun with these two below…
Extra went into rehearsals to see if the couples would give them any hints about their freestyles tonight for Dancing With The Stars. William and Cheryl will wear a shirt and pants (what?). Peta says their freestyle will be out of she and Donald’s element. It will also get everyone dancing. Katherine never thought she’d be dancing in the finals. Sorry, as you can see, not many hints were given.
Also, Bruno was interviewed at the Grove by Mario Lopez. He tells Mario to expect “absolute and utter sensation” on Dancing With The Stars tonight (and here I thought I was excited! ). He explains to Mario what each couple needs to do tonight to win the Mirror Ball. See if you agree and lots more below….
We’re back, after a couple week absence…and some of you will not be happy to see us. Them’s are breaks…the weeks we missed we’ll pick up as a bit of retrospective cheese once the season is over.
The Award for Biggest Lack of Commitment to Week 9 – The Costuming Department who really screwed Cheryl out of some fringe on her Samba Costume
Heidi: You might ask yourself, “Are ‘biggest’ and ‘lack’ really the two best words to put together?” but really that was what was going through my mind looking at her costume. Yo, dudes, either add the fringe or don’t – you kinda half assed it here, IMO. Yep, we’re picking nits.
Courtney: Everything about the show this week was so…blah. Most of the routines were ho-hum, nobody really said anything interesting, and even the costumes seemed like they were half-assed. It was as if the costume folks bailed and headed to the bar after only putting half the fringe on her costume. “Yeah, that’ll do. C’mon, we can make it for happy hour if we leave now!” Can’t blame them…even I’m bored with the show at this point.
Heidi: Perhaps you and I should win this award. It was pretty damn boring in retrospect.
The “Most Telling Obsession” Award: Mark Ballas and his fondness for fences
Heidi: Really, dude. You’ve put Katherine in two cages and Bristol in one…is this a comment on how your attitude toward women in general or these two women in particular? Or is it just a sexual kink all the way around? Considering your girlfriend, I’m going with BOTH.
Courtney: I’m sure Freud would have a heydey trying to make something of Mark’s fixation with cages. Who knows what his true motives are – maybe he wants people to think he’s tough, maybe it makes him feel like he’s in control, maybe he just really wants us to know that he’s very, very into MMA. I’m just kinda bored with it, to be quite honest. You know it’s bad when I was actually slightly amused when he put Katherine in a snake basket for their salsa…nice change of pace
Heidi: A cage is a cage even when it’s a basket.